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Robber uses gun for bank withdrawal

Someone decided to use more than their check book to make a withdrawal.

For the second time in less than a year, a gunman walked into the US Bank on South Third Street and walked out with an undetermined amount of cash.

Ironton Police detective Jim Carey said the hold up occurred between 2 and 3 p.m.

The gunman fled in a 1992 white Chevrolet van with silver detailing. The van, that was determined to have been stolen, was later found abandoned at a car wash at Third and Heplar streets.

"The tools they used to steal it are still in it," Ironton police officer Beth Rist said as she examined the scene.

The vehicle was examined for evidence before being taken to the city's impound lot.

Police are continuing the investigation and searching for the gunman.

That bank branch was robbed June 24, 2004. In that incident, a lone gunman robbed the bank and then fled in an employee's car, which was found abandoned on Bartram and Sons grocery store parking lot several blocks away.

The robber was never apprehended.